ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The federal government has brushed aside the media furore over Pakistan’s nuclear programme erupted in the wake of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi’s visit to Pakistan.
“Pakistan’s nuclear and missile programme is a national asset which is jealously guarded by the State. Complete programme is totally secure, foolproof and under no stress or pressure, whatsoever,” said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday.
The DG IAEA Rafael Mariano Grossi visited Pakistan on February 15-16, 2023 to hold meetings with local authorities focusing on further enhancement of cooperation between Pakistan and IAEA in the areas of peaceful applications of nuclear technology specifically its role for mitigating the impacts of climate change.
The statement said that in the wake of all the recent statements, press releases, queries and various assertions regarding Pakistan’s nuclear and missile programme being circulated on social and print media, wherein even a traditional routine visit of the director general IAEA Rafael for peaceful nuclear programme was portrayed in negative spotlight.
It was emphasized that Pakistan’s nuclear and missile programme continues to fully serve the purpose for which this capability was developed.
The misleading speculations about Pakistan’s nuclear & missile program are unfortunate. The stringent, fool-proof & multi-layered security safeguards, duly testified by IAEA, are in place. Our nuclear program represents the unwavering consensus of the nation & is for deterrence.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) March 16, 2023